Upper Madison River Fishing Report

Friday, July 12, 2019

Upper Madison Fishing Report

Current Conditions:
The Upper is fishing very well right now and producing some consistently great fishing.  The salmonflies are still lingering but trout will still eat the big bug for a few more days even if the hatch has moved on. The usual suspects of bug are also on the water including pale morning duns, caddis, golden stones and yellow sallies.  The peak activity is between around 10 am and 2pm most days – earlier by Ennis and later by Quake lake where temps are colder.  The dry fly fishing has really picked up but varies by the day, the surface action is focused around hatches so pay attention to the bugs on the water. Nymph fishing has been consistently good.

The Month Ahead:
The next few weeks should continue to produce some good fishing.  Aquatic hatches will continue to drive the fishing until mid July or so.  Continue to target the deeper slots where the fish are concentrated.  As air temps heat up expect dam releases to increase and flows to bump up a bit which should help water temps on the lower section of the river closer to Ennis.

Long Term Fishing Forecast:
The Upper Madison is a very consistent fishery and this season should continue to produce good results up and down the river.  With near average moisture levels over the winter the flows should be a normal levels.  The Madison will be a safe bet all season long.